• Oct 27, 2010
Tasmanian Devil In A Tailored Suit

2011 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged - Click above for high-res image gallery

Prior to our stint with the 2011 Range Rover Supercharged, we enjoyed some time with a Jaguar XKR. The Jag and the Rover have the same supercharged 5.0-liter V8 and about the same six-figure price tag, which led a friend to ask which vehicle we'd prefer to own. Without hesitation, this author's answer is the one you'd willingly take off-road. The supercharged Rover has more than enough power to be an exhilarating drive, is extremely capable off road and has room to spare for family, friends, pets, groceries and golf clubs. It just makes more sense than the Jag. Sense, however, usually doesn't factor in when you're making a four-wheeled wish list, so we took our friend for a ride, after which he hopped out with a smirk and said, "I'd take the Rover, too..."

This particular Landie is the latest iteration of Land Rover's most famous sport utility vehicle. Sold alongside the same model with a naturally aspirated version of its 5.0-liter V8, the Supercharged is perhaps not as visually athletic to behold as the Range Rover Sport, or the Jaguar XKR for that matter, but it's just as powerful as both and can carry more cargo. Which makes the 2011 Range Rover Supercharged an Alex Trebec-approved answer to the clue, "A $102,365 vehicle famous for off-roading that does things on road you didn't know it could."

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Photos copyright ©2010 Jeff Glucker / AOL

The Range Rover received a major overhaul in 2002, and Land Rover has refined and tweaked the vehicle ever since to keep it fresh. It was significantly updated for the 2010 model year, which coincided with the 5.0-liter V8's arrival, a delightful engine that has found its way under the hood of most Land Rover and Jaguar products. For 2011, the Range Rover has again been tweaked, but with a lighter touch and only where it matters most. Let's start with the outside.

Range Rovers have always been boxy, like the auto industry's take on a bar of gold: simple, heavy and expensive. Its upright grille and vertical slabs of sheetmetal accentuate its towering presence, as the rest of the lines move backward in a perfectly parallel manner. Look closer, however, and you'll see the designers have built in a few subtle curves, most noticeably in the slight hood creases and subtly flared fenders filled by 20-inch, 10-spoke aluminum alloy wheels. 2011 models also sport new headlamps and a set of LED taillamps that turn from bright to brilliant when the sun retires.

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While the exterior of the Range Rover Supercharged melds tradition with the modern era, its interior pushes further into the future. The tech-laden cabin is incredibly welcoming and swathed in a mixture of top-shelf textures. Like metal? You'll enjoy the shifter, pedals and countless metal accents throughout the cabin. In the case of our tester, you'll also find a dark Black Lacquer Finish trim that contrasts nicely with the shiny bits. Finally, an abundance of soft Ivory-colored leather creates a transition between the other two materials and adds some warmth to the cabin. Our tester also featured Arabica Oxford hides with contrasting stitching and white piping on the seats. The cornucopia of colors and textures works surprisingly well; owners who have interior decorators on retainer should feel right at home.

The Range Rover's high seating position and abundance of glass provide lighthouse attendant levels of visibility, while the power-adjustable front seats are a Recaro-meets-La-Z-Boy mix of capable and comfortable. They also offer both heating and cooling to help keep bottom temperatures in the zone. When the latter is switched on, the cooling fans are clearly audible, but that's the price you pay for cold buns. Back seat passengers may miss out on the cooling experience, but the heated rear seats are adequate for people over six-feet tall and also recline.

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Located in the center of the dashboard sits a clean stack of controls that mimics the upright nature of the Land Rover's exterior. Its borders run vertically up from the transmission tunnel, disappearing for a brief moment behind a stretch of Ivory leather, and then reappear to frame the touchscreen interface. That seven-inch display is crisp and the menus easy to operate – the learning curve is minimal despite the multitude of features available. One of those is the optional upgraded HarmonKardon audio system with 1200 watts of clear surround sound joy pumped through 19 speakers. We took a spin through a varied music catalog courtesy of local FM stations, satellite radio and an iPod, with each audio source coming through crisply, even when the volume knob was set to Pete Townsend. The one sour note we experienced was the longer-than-normal delay when switching between satellite radio stations, a complaint we seem to have with all Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles that share the same infotainment architecture.

With last year's upgrades, Land Rover elected to ditch the instrument panel's analog gauges in favor of a new 12.3-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen. These digital gauges are incredibly easy to read during the day or night and also feature a menu to adjust a variety of vehicle settings. While digital gauges go all the way back to the '80s, today's versions are more like small computer screens running sophisticated software than the Timex-inspired iterations of yesteryear. As such, we asked Land Rover what would happen if the Range Rover's TFT malfunctioned and were told one of two outcomes were possible. The vehicle would still be drivable if just the screen went out, but if there were a major malfunction with the entire instrument pack, which feeds information to the vehicle's security system, then it may not start.

The Range Rover SC's interior and tech are top notch, but one thing we need to take issue with is the key fob. It's roughly the size and weight of a bar of Lava soap. That wouldn't be that bad if the key could stay in your pocket, but the Range Rover doesn't sense the key when you approach, so it must be taken out to unlock the doors. This sounds like we're whining about a very minor problem, and we are, but if a $20,000 Nissan Altima knows when we're standing next to it, a $103,000 luxury SUV should be able to do the same.

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The key issue disappears quickly, however, once the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 is lit and you're underway. A brand-new six-speed automatic transmission sends all 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque to the rubber sitting at each corner, with peak torque available from 2,500 rpm through 5,550 rpm. This Rover pulls like it's drinking diesel, and even sounds a bit like it at idle. When we could pry our ears away from the sound system, we even heard the faint whine of the supercharger. The run to 60 miles per hour from a standstill takes place in a hair under six seconds – surprisingly exciting for a stylish brick that weighs a key-fob under 5,900 pounds.

While the engine works its magic, the Range Rover Supercharged's air suspension also has a multitude of tricks up its sleeve that range from basic to brilliant. On the standard side of the ledger, it can raise or lower the 'ute from its normal driving height of 9.1 inches. Access height drops the car a few inches to help folks get in and out, while Off-road Mode increases ground clearance by two inches to 11.1. On the brilliant end of the spectrum is Terrain Response. If you're using a Range Rover the way the blokes from Gaydon intended, then you'll encounter road conditions other than flat and smooth. Terrain Response is ready to help out with settings for Rock Crawl, Mud and Ruts, Sand, Grass/Gravel/Snow and the standard roadgoing setting. It sounds gimmicky, but works wonderfully. The system controls the vehicle's braking, throttle response and engine speed to make sure the Range Rover goes exactly where you intend.

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Since many owners rarely stray off the beaten path, Land Rover has honed its SUV to be just as competent on the road. Remember the guy shaped like a house who threw discus back in high school? Now imagine him in a foot race with Usain Bolt. That's what it feels like driving the Range Rover Supercharged. When your shoe meets the gas and the pedal hits the carpet, your back meets the seat and your brain takes a shot of dopamine. It's an intoxicating process that you'll want to repeat over and over. This, of course, came back to bite us at the gas pump, where we recorded an average fuel economy of just 10 miles per gallon. The 2011 Range Rover Supercharged is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 12 mpg in the city and 19 on the highway, both of which we're sure is possible when less fun is being had behind the wheel.

That all-new six-speed automatic does a sublime job of channeling power to the wheels, particularly in Sport mode, where the gear changes happen quickly, but don't snap necks against headrests. When the speed needs to be reeled in, gargantuan 15-inch front rotors with six-piston calipers and 14.4-inch discs at the back will have you straining against physics... and your seat belt.

2011 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged rear 3/4 view

All told, this latest incarnation of the Range Rover Supercharged has evolved nicely without losing sight of where it comes from. But does a $103,000 SUV make sense? When compared to something like the Jaguar XKR, a good argument can certainly be made. Most buyers, however, are going to cross shop the Range Rover Supercharged with vehicles like the BMW X5 M, Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG. All feature similar price tags around the $100,000 mark, big V8s with over 500 horsepower and driving experiences that confound expectations. Yes, the Range Rover is the heaviest in this group and also the slowest. But it also offers the most interior cargo room, is by no means tardy, and comes packing an English manor full of enviable off-road lineage and character as standard-fit.

If those qualities matter more to you than owning the quickest premium sport-ute, then this $103,000 SUV still makes a degree of sense. However, when it comes to talking about triple-digit SUVs, 'sense' probably never enters into the minds of would-be customers. But when one can afford to view life from a Range Rover's regal perch, they can also afford not to care – and that may be the greatest luxury of all.


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Photos copyright ©2010 Jeff Glucker / AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The limousine of off-roaders.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Had an 08 Range Rover Supercharged...incredible truck. Also had an 06 RR Sport Supercharged...absolutely no contest to the full-size Range in drivability and luxury experience. The full-size will win every time.
      I have also had the Porsche Cayenne Turbo...a real piece of crap. Unless you are full-boost into the V8, everything else is subpar, even against lux SUV's costing half as much. Remember, it start life as a Touareg, another piece of crap.
      Had a chance to drive the new RR Supercharged...wow. The 5.0 is amazing, with a supercharged its incredible.
      You cannot get a better truck than the Range Rover. Sure, it may have it's reliability quirks (mine were just fine, no issues at all), but beyond that, no true car person can argue that point. If they do, they are not car people.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only off-roading my neighbor's 2010 Range Rover does is on the back of a flatbed.
      It's truly amazing how unreliable it has been. Hope this $100k+ version is better
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, I think they are great looking vehicles, but my experience with them is that they are so fragile and so troublesome and so expensive to keep running that they just aren't worth the time. Even if I was rich enough to own one and it was my third or fourth vehicle, it would likely be my only SUV and I would want it to work ALL the time.

        I hope Cadillac builds a 100K Escalade and sticks a LSA under the hood.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My mom has one. A small bottle of fabric softener spilled in the cargo area and somehow doused the computer that controls the whole satnav system. She took it to Land Rover and they wanted $12,000 to fix it.

        They are great cars - when they work. I just think when you have a car that is marketed for off road use it should hold up a little better than hers has.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so much bling my eyes are bleeding.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I WANT one...bad!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sunshine Coast Real Estate
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone's pimping their rear foglights! No worries, I'd too, just to symbolize my superiority over the commoners in lesser vehicles.

      Even with their awful reliability and ridiculous cost, I want one. I don’t need one, there is no point of me having one but I feel a strange indescribable attraction to it. For all intensive purposes and for 99.99999% of buyers, an Acura MDX is a much better vehicle, but…

      I’ll take mine with turbo-diesel, 17” steel rims and mud-terrain tires.

      Oh who am I kidding, I’ll take it just like this… hand at 12 o’clock, venti skim latte in right, sportcoat, designer jeans, and a Bell & Ross which would match the clock and the gauges almost perfectly. Go ahead, hate me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        1. I can't stand it when fools drive around with their rear fog light on and don't even know it, or even it existed.

        2. Hate you??? I'd be doing the same thing as you if I had one of these, but I'd be wearing a Panerai or a Breitling.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @CGD: good call on the B&R

        @NightFlight: Yes to the Panerai, no to the Breitling... they always come off a little gaudy IMO. Now, an Omega would look good on ones wrist when driving a Rover.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take the XKR then if you're not using it. It's quite good looking and if I want to go offroad I'll get an old beater, then I don't have to worry about scraping it up either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks great and definitely much more user friendly as opposed to last years model. The LCD is a nice touch, if I had the money I would love to have this as a daily driver.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Usually I don't read reviews.

      That being said, when I saw my dream toy SUV in the review, I had to read it.

      Let me pull out my picturesque Land Rover scenario for you.

      Anyone remember that scene in the original Bourne Identity where Jason and his girlfriend go to that mans house in the back woods? It's all British Tutor Home style, and it's winter time, and they spend the night and he lets his girlfriend go with the owner of the house away from any present danger?

      That house. This SUV. Winter.

      An muffled bark from my husky outside, as I'm in bed with my wife. It's early morning, and as I get up, and stroll into the kitchen with my robe on, I turn on the pot of coffee, and open the fridge. Out of the corner of my eye, through my kitchen window, I see the Range Rover Supercharged... it's roof, and hood, covered in a faint layer of snow. She shines though... her shape brilliant.

      I let the dog in, and my wife walks up behind me, holding my waist as she kisses me, begging for a sip of my coffee. I give her a sip, and I turn around to kiss her. She asks what my plans are for today, and I say I wanna drive through the woods, to the village, and pick up some candles and such for the Christmas party we're planning next weekend.

      She smiles, and says "I'll come to."

      We get dressed, and trudge out into the snow. I turn on the Range Rover with the autostart, and step inside. The temperature inside is 41 degree's Celsius. The satellite radio comes on in a whisper, smooth jazz playing on the HK system.

      The wife turns on her heated seats, and smiles, as we start off to the store, the husky asleep in the back of the vehicle.

      We start driving through the woods, the Range Rover ledging itself on more then a few rocks and broken branches, and we wade through a small river, onto the country lane. We drive to the village, and stay there, for a few hours, for lunch, in a nice cafe. We drive back, and decorate the tree/living room.

      This is my story... my dream.

      The Range Rover is my dream. It's the most perfect role of my dream. Without it... I'm not going anywhere.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When I am working, I do put that much effort into working... When I'm not with a client, I obviously do not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Awesome. Do you do any writing?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you put the same amount of effort into working instead of writing fan fiction, you might some day make enough money to actually buy it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @CarGuyDad

        I did some writing for Cardomain a few years back... Look up "On the side of Rout 16" and "The Forgotten Man of Chiba".

        But no one wants to pay for a writer anymore... so I'm stuck just doing it as a hobby, and not as a job. It is my dream job though haha. :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        There was nothing risqué about that story, but for some reason I felt dirty while reading it
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        awesomeness!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why can't they offer the same 5 year/50k mile maintenance plan that Jaguar does? I would feel much more confident buying a Land Rover product if I knew I wouldn't have to spend a penny for the first 50k miles of use.

      For the record, with a second kid on the way, I'm in the market for a three row vehicle and looked at the new Discovery (or what ever they call it now). My wife is currently driving my 2007 Chevy Suburban LTZ with 85k on, but wants something smaller that has three rows and I would like to trade it before the 100k powertrain warranty expires.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would seriously look at the LR4 then if I were you... I drove one through the snow in Vermont and it was excellent.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can buy a '07 with 50k miles for less than a third of that price, or a '04 with 94k miles for less than a fifth. I guess that kind of depreciation is normal for luxury vehicles, but wow, that's a lot of money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        British vehicles in the US have always had poor residual values.

        Check Jaguar, they are shocking too. I came VERY close to buying a two year old XJ-R about three years ago because the price was so low.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A 2007 Supercharged (as the one in this review) with 50k is still going for $45-$50k. Look it up. Not sure where you are getting your figures.

        On a side note, reliablility figures for the Range Rover have gone up drastically since being introduced for the 2003 MY. Tata is making quality and reliablity a priority.
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